Fiorentina midfielder Borja Valero will decide on his future after the end of this season, according to his agent. The 28-year-old Spaniard, who started his career with Real Madrid, is a reported target for north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham. Sky Sports believes Manchester City have thrown their hat in the ring as well.
"I think after a season like the one Borja has had it is pleasing for everyone. Now the priority is the championship race. There is still one match left with Fiorentina just two points behind AC Milan. Situations change quickly in the market. Now we need this season finale and then we'll see," Valero's agent, Alejandro Camano, said in an interview.
A report by talkSPORT claimed interest in Valero from the Gunners and the Spurs and if true, Arsene Wenger and Andre Villas-Boas are likely to be interested in the player. Valero has a goal and 10 assists from 36 Serie A starts this season and joins team mate and Montenegro striker Stevan Jovetic on Arsenal's watch list.
Valero comes with an added advantage - knowledge of the Premier League. He spent time with West Bromwich Albion a few years ago but failed to make an impact at the Hawthorns and was loaned back to Spain. He left after the Baggies were relegated.
Incidentally, Valero was also linked to Arsenal in 2010.
Gibbs on Win over Wigan
Meanwhile, England left-back Kieran Gibbs has praised his team mates after the 4-1 win over Wigan. The win moves the club closer to the target of qualifying for the Champions League next season. The Gunners still need to play Newcastle United at St James' Park, though, with Spurs to host Sunderland on the same day.
"It was all about the win. I thought the performance was, in spells, really good. We started well and then they got a foothold in the game unexpectedly, but we showed true character and won the game convincingly in the end," Gibbs said to www.arsenal.com.
"We had to be patient. When we came in at half time we had to stay focused and [we knew] we still had 45 minutes to win the game. We took our chances and picked the right moments to get them on the counter-attack," the defender added.